ONE OF THE MOST awaited times of the year approaches. Christmas is yet another excuse to take a break and unwind to the jolly festive mood, and what better place than Goa to experience the sheer cheerfulness of Christmas. An assortment of cuisine, festive amusements and a host of entertainment has always made Goa top the list of Christmas Holiday destinations. Goa outlives its name of postcard scenic beaches, seafood and feni. But don’t take our word for it, Come and live it. With the pouring in of tourists every season, Goa has been scrambling to offer something out of the box every year. Of course, making the holiday season merrier is a lot more than just the locally brewed Feni or Porto Vinho.
Sprinkled across the state are some of the most frequented pubs that locals love to chill at, each offering you a different experience. Most of these pubs are opened throughout the year and keep their activities bubbling making sure they draw you to their doors every weekend. Some even mid week, to give you a little boost to make it through the rest of the week. Once you’ve been a part of the Christmas extravagance in Goa, you can’t help wanting to be a permanent part of this little haven. For people who fall in love with Goa want to make it their first or second home, this little state has a lot of options. With choices that range from beach side luxury villas, to cozy bungalows nestled in serene villages or spacious swanky apartments in the hearty cities, Goa doesn’t disappoint when it comes to finding a home where your heart is. Business Goa has been the chosen medium of Real Estate giants in the state. Accompanying the festive sprits in Goa is also a business boom which makes for good atmosphere where business can flourish. With the Government’s focus on infrastructural and industrial development, Goa is not just a tourist destination anymore, but a hub for commerce and trade. To ensure your business ventures in Goa are set in key locations, some of the best business consultants help you find apt office spaces, studios, or shops in thriving commercial enclaves.
Featuring some of the best Goan real-estate companies, and helping you make plans this Christmas we’ve put together the ‘Must Visit Pubs’ list, we draw your attention to our Christmas Special. Here’s wishing our esteemed readers and advertisers a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2017
The Next Level of Luxury
Risara Elegante has been tastefully designed to encompass the sense of elevated living. This development plays a gracious host to rare privileges, exclusivity and luxury. For the ‘self-actualized’, who dream with a passion for the extraordinary, Risara Elegante is the search stopper. The project rewards you with sound construction, high amenity value and a quality lifestyle, a legacy common to all developments by Risara Properties. Designed to premium standards and specifications that define the brand, Risara Elegante is architecturally nuanced to take advantage of its location in Caranzalem. Strategically located off the main road in Caranzalem, Risara Elegante is just 500 mts away from Miramar beach and a few minutes away from major utilities like schools, colleges, malls, multiplex, healthcare facilities and much more. Its connectivity and accessibility makes it one of the most preferred locations in the state.
Risara Elegante is Caranzalem’s first ‘Smart Home’ project designed to encompass both, comfort and convenience. With its elegant tablet interface and apps for mobile devices, the home automation feature provides control of your home – lighting, electronic appliances, security, and entertainment – at your fingertips. Imagine a world where everything is controlled at the touch of a button. Where you can cool your bedroom with your cell phone on the way back from work. Where the access controlled lobby open at the swipe of a card. Where appliances are controlled* and doors locked* with the flick of a remote. With Risara Elegante, Risara Properties delightfully offers the next level of luxury.
The development will also house luxury Sky Villas for the upper crust. The feel of your sky villa will let you submerge yourself in a sense of inner ease as the day dials down into night. The luxurious sky villas are available with 4 and 5 bedroom options with the most luxurious finishes in interiors. Private terraces equipped with Jacuzzi* only add up to the overall bliss offered
Heritage Princes Real Estate Developers
Heritage Princes brings home Mediterranean Living
With projects across Goa and Indore, Heritage Princes Real Estate Developers is one of the fastest growing companies in India’s real estate industry. With more than 20 years of experience, their projects include a range of apartments, office spaces, shops, row houses and villas in exclusive locations.
With an overwhelming response from customers and businesses, Heritage Princes Real Estate Developers is known for their transparency and reliability in the industry. Standing up to the expectations of their clients, Heritage Princes have proved their excellence in the industry. Creating beautiful and durable projects they also look forward towards building enduring relationships with their clients. With a skilled and talented design team, Heritage Princes is well updated of the latest trends in quality and reflects the same in their projects. Rustic vitrified flooring, POP finish with superior paint, teakwood/Masonite doors, modular switches etc are all examples of the same.
Offering key importance to client’ comfort and convenience, Heritage Princes assures an after-sales follow through service too, including maintenance and facility management. Heritage Princes Real Estate Developers have dealt with several other successful projects such as Heritage Exotica, Heritage Symphony and Heritage Princes. After the exquisite project at Arpora – Heritage Exotica, Heritage Princes now brings to their customers Heritage Floresta in Siolim.
An instant connect with nature is Heritage Floresta amidst the village of Siolim in North Goa. Inspired by the Mediterranean-style homes, Heritage Floresta offers luxury three-bedroom villas, as well as 2BHK and 1BHK apartments.
The project also offers a variety of facilities such as swimming pool, children’s zone and Jacuzzi, health club with gymnasium, landscaped gardens, rainwater harvesting and more. Blending into the relaxed air with rich Portuguese heritage, Floresta offers an experience not to be refused.
A short drive from the coast, Heritage Princes focuses on leading a Mediterranean living in the small Goan village. In close proximity of Mapusa, Heritage Floresta, Siolim, is an exceptional second home theme residential project ready for possession
Vision Dempo Real Estate Developers
Turning Goa into a Dream City
Vision Dempo Real Estate Developers have moved leaps and bounds in developing quality, yet affordable housing to its clients across India and the world over. It has made its presence in major villages and cities of Goa which include Porvorim, Merces, Miramar, Assagao, Arpora and Mapusa. Vision Dempo has a large array of residential and commercial units which include apartments, penthouses, villas, offices, shops – all perfectly suited to meet the requirements of their esteemed clientele. Their Vision Dream City project at Kadamba Plateau consists of more than 200 apartments with all possible amenities that one can ask for. These include CCTV, Intercom, landscaped garden, club house, community hall, children’s play area, swimming pool, 24 hour security, all well spread out in a massive open area of around 40,000 sqft. Vision Dream City is very reasonably priced and is perfectly suited for first-time buyers and investors and is located within a short distance from the upcoming Healthway hospital, Sunshine school and Karmali railway station. Sr. Sales and Marketing Executive, Bradley Godinho says “Vision Dream City has experienced high sales with most of the apartments in phase I being sold out. Our clients understand the value of their investment in this project and believe that the ROI will be high.”
Vision Dempo has very recently launched its project “Vision Galleria” in Mapusa within walking distance of the popular Galaxy hospital. The project comprises of 1 and 2BHK apartments located in a quiet and green locality, just off the main road. The project amenities include 24 hour security, club house, children’s play area, sewage treatment plant, etc. Group Managing Director Rajesh Dempo comments “Despite the difficult times, we decided to launch this project after successfully selling out our Vision Symphony project in Mapusa. We understand the demand in the real estate market and believe that there are clients who are very keen to invest with reputed builders to safeguard their lifelong earnings.”
Vision Dempo Real Estate Developers are planning an exciting year ahead with quite a few projects that will be launched around Goa to serve clients having diverse requirements
Nathan Constructions Pvt Ltd
High standards of Professionalism and Customer Service
Our vision is to build a world class real estate company in India, with the highest standard of professionalism, ethics, customer service; thereby contributing to the growth of the Indian economy. Till date we have been constantly providing the same to our clients.
How does the brand hold its legacy and maintain its market position with regards to the competition?
Our brand speaks about quality, trust and pride; by which we have become a trusted name in the real estate market in Goa.
With the epitome growth of the real estate industry in India. What are the key strategies, Nathan is opting to stay as the market leader?
We have two Most Innovative Concepts in real estate which revolutionize the entire real estate market of India. We have received the “Most Innovative concept of the year 2015-16” by the acclaimed Accommodation Times.
Does CSR, ethics, corporate governance matter to a company?
Yes. Our USP is end-to-end solutions with personalized service and building strong customer relations.
Years of working in the industry, your contribution reflects versatility and volubility. How did you emerge as a powerful leader?
As the company M.D. and an avid thinker, I have the zeal to inspire and be inspired by ideas, innovations and exotic aspirations which gave birth to the innovative concepts which turn dreams into reality and this in-turn has helped me to stay a market leader. To add on, I have also ventured into the hospitality sector named “Mitasha’s Hospitality” which is a chain of fine dining restaurants at an affordable price.
In an industry so dynamic, how as a leader, you comply with respect to changing trends, behavioural pattern and expectations of society?
I keep myself constantly updated with the changing trends, behavioural patterns and society expectations by being part of various seminars, conferences and advanced courses related to the industry. I am closely associated with the Accommodation times, VC circle and BNI groups that keep me posted on the latest government regulations and market trends
Our vision is to build a world class real estate company in India, with the highest standard of professionalism, ethics, customer service; thereby contributing to the growth of the Indian economy
A Prosperity Destination
Raghavendra Shetiye started his business in 1997 and went on to build his own organization under the brand name ‘Chandan Group’. Earlier, working with his family’s ancestral business that dealt with timber trading and packaging, Raghavendra moved out to create his own wing in the real estate sector. His network of friends and associates helped him grow, while he continued with buying and selling of properties.
From joint ventures and small apartments, Raghavendra Shetiye took every step growing and expanding his own company, ‘Chandan Group’. Chandan Group believes in providing superior real estate services to the people of Goa by improving quality that will add value for the clients. They are known to be Goa’s professional real estate brokers being quick, safe and offering secured deals. With extensive knowledge in the field of Real Estate, Raghavendra started an online portal ‘Hello Patrao’ that deals with real estate, trading, brokerage and allied services. They offer services to local and multinational corporations and also high net-worth individuals. Through ‘Hello Patrao’ he intended to reach out to clients offering quality services, planning to offer more than regular brokers do.
A swanky apartment in close proximity with Mother Nature or a place amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, Chandan Group has it all. By offering quality services to customers, Chandan Group assures utmost customer satisfaction. Few of their on-going projects include Sugaatu, The Leaf, Olinda Heights and Goldbeam Residency. Their completed successful projects include Immaculate Gardens, Duplex Villas among others.
Chandan Group is also responsible towards the society; an NGO called ‘WHY- We Help You’ is Chandan Group’s step towards paying back to the society. Shetiye is also a member of Rotary Club of Panaji Riviera and of the International Centre Goa
I do business with passion, pride and perfection. My mantra is ‘Build Together- Grow Together – Raghavendra Shetiye
SpaceDeal Pvt Ltd
Tailoring deals to your satisfaction
SpaceDeal Pvt Ltd, in its new avtaar is now top of the mind of all buyers and sellers. The Company celebrated its 1st anniversary and also unveiled “Narulla’s Housing Society Hub” which ushered paradigm shifts in the slow moving Goan real estate space.
Spearheaded by Nurallah K. Veljee, a dynamic game changer with over 4 decades of experience, SpaceDeal has achieved one of its kind brand recognition. Backed by corporatised professional team and synchronized software, SpaceDeal’s services range from real estate brokers, consultants and online advisors.
Based on its multi pronged strategy, SpaceDeal focused on the creation of Franchisee Property Ambassadors, Agro Initiative and Builder Bank.
Franchisee Property Hubs, created an awareness of organized buying and selling, and hassle free transactions. Ambassador enrolment widened SpaceDeal’s footprint and its fleet on street; pan India and abroad. Agro initiatives envisage preservation of Goan greenery. Its efforts encouraged passionate Goans to promote organic and main stream farmers, and discouraged farmers from selling their land to land sharks.
The creation of a new concept ‘Builder Bank’, to revive the Goan Real Estate market was a high point for SpaceDeal. This helped to interlink the neighbourhood builders, and emphasized the need for collaborations with builders and developers and SpaceDeal Pvt. Ltd. in order to market and channelize the sale of their projects to potential buyers.
SpaceDeal wins its customers trust with its focused transactions and its active role in preserving Goa’s green spaces by galvanizing the agricultural sector.
As a social economical welfare measure, SpaceDeal launched ‘Narullah Housing Society Hub’. This presented all Goan locals with housing solutions at a rate of 35% lower than the market price. Ensuing transparent dealings, and trusted associate architects and contractors they were able to offer 1/2/3 BHK apartments and villas to 750 families in first 3 years.
Nurallah K Veljee’s legacy and his gifted passion leads SpaceDeal to grow massively into an organized one stop shop. At SpaceDeal they boast of not just cutting deals but tailoring it to your satisfaction
27 years of Friendly Service
Friends Properties is a leading real-estate consulting agency based at Porvorim, Goa. Helping people find their dream homes for the last 27 years, Friends Properties provides services for buying, selling or leasing of property. As a muse behind the name ‘Friends Properties’ the agency strives to reach out to its customers as a friend and provide recommendations and advice through every step of acquiring their business relation.
Understanding each client’s specific requirements, the agency assists people to find properties within a specific location or within a definite budget. With properties ranging from a basic apartment to a deluxe villa or bungalow, to offices, shops or even plots with scenic views, this real estate agency has quite a bit to offer. Friends Properties provides solutions for customer real estate requirements, by providing comprehensive professional services. They also facilitate all types of property related requirements for sale, purchase and rental of residential, commercial, industrial and luxury properties in Goa.
Ramesh Tiwari, founder of Friends Properties, though a committed workaholic, still actively participates in social activities. Apart from its businesses, the organization also engages with the Rotary Club, of which he is an active member.
Friends Properties was conferred with a national award for outstanding performance in the year 2014-2015
Promising Excellence in the Real Estate Market
Goa’s leading Real Estate Solutions provider, Denzil Xavier started out in 1996 and since then has added his expertise to Goa’s real estate market. Endowing strategic advice with widespread knowledge of the market, Denzil Xavier provides an array of real estate solutions. The services provided include identifying properties, property rentals, leasing and management, buying and selling of plots, flats, bungalows, Goan Portuguese villas and mansions, office and commercial spaces, and beach and riverside properties. They also help their clients with conducting market research on pricing, proper due diligence with the help of an expert legal team and helping investors in decision making on real estate assets class depending on specific requirements.
Over 20 years in the real estate industry, Denzil Xavier has crafted and preserved trust and transparency among his clientele. Their clientele includes Goa’s most influential individuals, developers and institutions. It is the real estate expertise, fair dealings, ethical practices and the enormous benefits received, that clients believe in. Promising excellent customer service with skills and experience in the real estate industry, Denzil Xavier Real Estate Consultants seek to develop long lasting relationships with its customers. Denzil Xavier’s works echo a new direction towards masterpieces created through architecture which adds to the image of the city.
With an increasing client base in Goa, credible and dependable consultants are the need of the hour. Though a small state, Goa’s business community is growing day by day and credible and dependable consultants are the need of the hour.
Gera’s commercial projects and Mystic Blue are two of the most successful clients handled by Denzil Xavier Real Estate Consultants. Gera offers the perfect commercial spaces with facilities like Wi-Fi, reception desk and more. While Mystic blue at the Kadamba Plateau focuses on bringing your dream home to life with 24×7 security, CCTV surveillance and more.
Choosing to purchase real estate for self-use or investment, but using the services of a reputed real estate consultant is crucial for success. With the help of a reputed real estate consultant, investing into a property or location gets easier, for their credibility is never questioned. Denzil Xavier is the Founder President of the Goa Association of Realtors (GAR) and a Governing Body Member of the National Association of Realtors, India (NAR-INDIA). He is also an active Rotarian and a member of the Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI)
As Christmas draws nearer, Cara Shrivastava takes a look at some of Goa’s local hotspots that add to the joyous hubbub of the season
A TRUE-BLUE Goan doesn’t need a reason to find a pub, have a conversation and just sit back and relax. Then again, ‘tis the season to be jolly, make merry and rejoice! Is there a better time of the year, to have a drink or two? (Don’t answer that, let’s keep it rhetorical.)
The Goan winter has already begun to set in and the nights tend to get quite chilly. Keeping oneself warm became a bit of a dilemma, but not for long. The answer was simple, really. Some serious pub-hopping!
The tourist season is already in full swing; but we decided to focus on some pubs that the locals themselves visit often.
If you want to draw in locals, you’re going to have to be innovative. Alcohol is available at every other bar, but if you’ve got unique concepts, you’ve got a crowd. Cafe Mojo is India’s first E-Beer pub! With beer taps available on tables, you pour your own beer, directly into your glass. This means, you only pay for what you drink, by the ml, not by the glass. The little pub opened up in 2012, and is located in the capital city itself. Their decor is cozy and gives off English pub vibes, making for a fun night out for those who just wish to catch a few tunes and have an easy conversation over some drinks.
The pub also serves up some great food, right from ‘snackey’ bites, to a proper meal. One of their most popular nights of late, are Wednesdays – Ladies Night. With free martinis before 12, and shots after, the pub promises to make that mid-week slump a little easier to get through.
If you’re not the biggest drinker or dancer, don’t worry. Cafe Mojo has a pool table, and a foosball table, available upstairs.
Technically, whiskey can last forever, if it is unopened and kept away from sunlight. If opened but sealed properly, it will still last for a very long time. You can get a PhD in Brewing and Distilling
Cape Town Cafe
This pub is located on the famous Tito’s Lane, and is often looked over, in everyone’s haste to get to Mambo’s or Tito’s. But of course, the locals know, that this is the pub to be at, for a casual night out. The pub came up in 2009, and recently went under renovation, only coming out to be bigger and better, while still maintaining their casual vibe.
CTC also boasts of several LCD screens, for game nights, as well as good food to accompany their drinks.
Fridays at Cape Town Cafe, followed by the weekend, are the most popular, and their happy hours extend till 12am. Many local event management companies throw parties right here, attracting the Goan crowd. CTC has a younger crowd, in comparison to the other pubs.
As for Christmas? If you make it past the traffic, know that you’re in for a real treat. The pub doesn’t just celebrate Christmas, but celebrates a build-up towards the big day. Christmas spirit is aplenty, here! (Pun intended.)
An old favourite, for the newer locals, as well as loyalists, Cavala has grown over the years, to welcome one and all. Conveniently located near Baga beach, the place draws in tourists as well, and has been around for over 30 years. Cavala caters to the young at heart, or rather, those who enjoy their classic rock and retro tunes, and show their love on the dancefloor. However, not all nights are heavy on the rock ‘n’ roll, they have lighter days, through the week.
Live music is a recurring feature too! The pub has an outdoor courtyard, as well as an indoor area. Their Goan seafood is much talked about, but then again, so is the rest of their menu. Take a chance on them, for a night full of reminiscing and fun, for the good times indeed roll, at Cavala!
The ancient Babylonians were the first to brew beer. They took their job so seriously, that if you brewed a bad batch, your punishment was to be drowned in it!
Cohiba Bar & Kitchen
Cohiba is always out to make waves in the pub scene, every night. They’ve got something for everyone! Mojito Sundays are a crowd favourite, as it actually is Karaoke night. You get a complimentary mojito for every song you sing! Retro Saturdays are for those who love their classics, because let’s be honest, classics never go out of style. Flirty Fridays are for those who like to shake a leg or two, for that’s when Cohiba hosts dance workshops. Lastly, they’ve got Cosmo Nights aka Ladies Night, yet another favourite, for obvious reasons.
Although Cohiba gets crowded, the large venue allows for one to sit back and take in the relaxed, yet stylish ambience. Food is served till 1 am in the morning, once they open at 4 pm. Signature cocktails, besides the usual ones available, are also popular.
If you’re the type of person who likes a good amount of entertainment while you’re out all night, then look no further – Cohiba is the place for you.
Being new to the scene isn’t always easy, but this lounge has managed to draw in quite the crowd with their unique concept of ‘Own Your Bottle.’ Lounge Terminal keeps their customer’s bottles locked up in a vault for safekeeping, till their next visit. The decor as well, is unlike your average lounge. Another unique feature they offer is the 1AT, their way of serving you, your favourite spirit.
Finger food as well as meals, are available here, to accompany your drink. Offering a quieter and more refined vibe than most others, Lounge Terminal is a different experience altogether.
The lounge also celebrates Beer Fests and Beer Weekends, even bringing in a Bladder Burst Challenge as part of the festivities. If you’re not a huge fan of beer, don’t worry. They even have a Single Malt Fest!
Soro – The Village Pub
Although Soro opened up only last year, the rustic, retro pub has cultivated its own crowd. Open all year round, the pub is known for their deliciously innovative cocktails, complemented by their food menu. If you’re looking for something substantial to munch on while sipping on your drink, the Soro Chicken Fingers are a crowd favourite. The pub is open from 12 noon to 1 am, through the week, except on the weekends – when they close around 3 am.
Live band performances are a regular feature at Soro. Wednesdays are reserved for Jazz Nite, Friday is Ladies Nite (complimentary Sangrias and Cosmos for the women) and Saturday is Rock Nite (with a live BBQ station!) Besides the live performances, renowned Standup Comedians from Goa and around India, stop by once a month, too. Soro is an experience every pub hopper should have. As for Christmas eve, Soro is bringing in a band to dance the night away. New Year’s Eve will witness a line up of DJs who’ll bring in the New Year on a high note.
Bombay Sapphire, a gin brand, teamed up with jewelers Baccarat and Garrard to create ‘Revelation.’ Each bottle of the crystalline gin is priced at `1 crore!
Yet another chain that made its way to amche Goa, Watson’s describes itself as the friendly neighborhood pub. Located in the heart of Panjim city, the pub is a fairly new addition here in Goa. However, their food and drinks, each with their own twists, have earned them quite the fan following already. Walking into Watson’s, often makes you feel like you’re walking into an entirely different part of the city. The pub always mixes it up by reserving certain nights through the month for perhaps a dance session, or live music. Once a month, they host a comedian too, for their Comedy Nights.
If you’re grabbing a drink at Watson’s, besides a bite or two, their in house innovative cocktails are a must try. In their efforts to cater to the Goans, you’ll find quite a few Goan ingredients, sides, and dishes on their menu